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Bad Weekend For Serie A In America

It was not a good weekend for Serie A’s three biggest clubs as Juventus, Inter and AC Milan all lost in the International Champions Cup.

The biggest shock was in LA, where the Los Angels Galaxy of Major League Soccer beat the Serie A champions 3-1.

Alessandro Matri had two early opportunities, while Gigi Buffon denied Landon Donovan and Sarvas. Juninho created the opening goal for the Galaxy with an inspired through ball that sent Omar Gonzales clear to beat Buffon.

The lead lasted just three minutes, as Fabio Quagliarella’s turn and shot was parried into the path of Matri to equalise.

Conte transformed his side in the second half, giving Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Barzagli and Sebastian Giovinco their season debuts after extended post-Confederations Cup vacations.

Juve seemed distracted and Arturo Vidal was dispossessed in the final third for Robbie Keane to set up Donovan’s tap-in. Giovinco clipped the crossbar with one of his trademark free kicks, but Keane pounced on a terrible Andrea Pirlo backpass to beat Marco Storari.

Inter were thumped 4-0 by Valencia in New York’s MetLife Stadium on Sunday and they’ll face Juventus in Miami on August 6.

For the second consecutive match Inter were second best and new Inter boss Walter Mazzarri has to be worried after seeing his miefield overrun in their two US games.

In the second game in New York, Kevin De Bruyne and a last-gasp Andre Schurrle goal were decisive, as Chelsea beat Milan 2-0. Chelsea go on to face Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the Miami Guinness International Champions Cup Final, while Milan take on the LA Galaxy.